A day of celebration and superb Mexican dishes, Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and tacos and tequila are in order. With so many Mexican restaurants nestled in San Diego’s culinary enclave, it can be difficult to find your Cinco de Mayo go-to. Rest assured, here is a list of the city’s best Mexican eateries serving up authentic tacos and tequila.
In the mood for a festive setting adorned with rustic décor? Del Sur Mexican Cantina in the heart of South park offers a menu brimming with culinary zest, and boasts a list of tequila-infused libations that are perfectly suited to the occasion. Try their Jack Fruit Taco Plate, packed with adobo marinated jackfruit, cabbage, poblano crema and chipotle aioli, and served with rice and beans. Pair this taco with a Mango Chili Margarita, mixed with 100% agave tequila reposado, mango, pineapple, lime, Triple Sec and housemade serrano, for a flavor combination inherently perfect for Cinco De Mayo festivities.
If surf culture and the beach are more your style, head over to PB Shore Club in Pacific Beach. Bask in SoCal surroundings and enjoy Sautéed Lobster Tacos, as you sip on a Green Machine, made with Olmeca Altos Silver, jalapenos, cucumber, mint and house agave mix. A zesty blend of cucumber and mint flavors, and just a hint of spice, this cocktail is sure to satisfy your Cinco De Mayo hankerings.
Another eclectic Pacific Beach location, The Duck Dive offers a laidback atmosphere suited to its proximity to the shoreline. Decked in surf-inspired décor and serving coastal cuisine, this PB hotspot is idyllic for a day of celebration! Savor their Beer Battered Mahi Taco, a flour tortilla cradling shredded cabbage, pico, radish, queso fresco and jalapeno crema. Pair this with Duck Dive’s refreshing Verdita Margarita, shaken with Los Altos Plata Tequila, house-made verdita and agave.
Seeking an authentic taco stand experience? With locations in La Jolla, Downtown and Encinitas, The Taco Stand offers patrons menu items that both maintain traditional Mexican spices as well as transcend the flavor experience. Their Nopal Taco, made with flamed grilled cactus, melted cheese, cilantro sauce, tomato and avocado, offers a lighter take on the classic while also incorporating a sense of culinary distinctiveness unmatched by other taco stands.
Looking to build your own taco and prefer a beer to satisfy those Cinco de Mayo cravings? Head into Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Encinitas Fish Shop or Hermosa Beach Fish Shop! Each location allows amigos to pick the freshest catch, chose between beer battered or grilled, pick a marinade and maybe style with some avocado. Or, try their famous TKO Taco made with grilled Mahi Mahi, shredded cabbage, mixed cheese, house white sauce and finished off with a tropical salsa. Wash it down with a cold Mexican beer as you bask in the sun of the patio.